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New PDF release: A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern

By Kevin Peraino

ISBN-10: 0307887235

ISBN-13: 9780307887238

ISBN-10: 0307887243

ISBN-13: 9780307887245

New York instances booklet Review Editors' Choice • Winner of the 2018 Truman e-book Award

A gripping narrative of the Truman Administration's reaction to the autumn of Nationalist China and the triumph of Mao Zedong's Communist forces in 1949--an awesome political revolution that keeps to form East Asian politics to today.
 
within the commencing months of 1949, U.S. President Harry S. Truman came upon himself confronted with a looming diplomatic catastrophe--"perhaps the best that this nation has ever suffered," because the journalist Walter Lippmann placed it. during the spring and summer season, Mao Zedong's Communist armies fanned out throughout mainland China, annihilating the rival troops of America's one-time best friend Chiang Kai-shek and taking keep watch over of Beijing, Shanghai, and different significant towns. As Truman and his aides--including his wise, ruthless secretary of nation, Dean Acheson--scrambled to formulate a reaction, they have been compelled to contend not just with Mao, but additionally with unrelenting political enemies at domestic. Over the process this tumultuous 12 months, Mao could style a brand new progressive govt in Beijing, laying the root for the production of recent China, whereas Chiang Kai-shek could flee to the island sanctuary of Taiwan. those occasions remodeled American international policy--leading, finally, to many years of friction with Communist China, a long-standing U.S. dedication to Taiwan, and the following wars in Korea and Vietnam.
 
Drawing on chinese language and Russian assets, in addition to lately declassified CIA files, Kevin Peraino tells the tale of this amazing yr throughout the eyes of the most important gamers, together with Mao Zedong, President Truman, Secretary of kingdom Acheson, Minnesota congressman Walter Judd, and Madame Chiang Kai-shek, the influential first girl of the Republic of China. 

Today, the legacy of 1949 is extra suitable than ever to the relationships among China, the U.S., and the remainder of the area, as Beijing asserts its claims within the South China Sea and tensions undergo among Taiwan and the mainland.

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